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Iran's selfie-taking, hoops-shooting religious leaders are stars on Instagram

- The Instagram account "Talabe Today" shows, the country's imams are a lot like the rest of us. The man behind the popular account is Masoud Zareian, an Iranian seminary student who wanted to improve the image of the country's conservative clergy, according to the BBC, citing a local newspaper who interviewed Zareian. -Christopher Miller, Mashable - 2/9/16

Iranian Couples Increasingly Living Together Outside of Marriage

- First they called it "white marriage," now it's "black coupling." But no matter how Iranian officials choose to denigrate the upward trend of young unmarried couples living together, it's bound to grow. That's because the phenomenon is directly related to socioeconomic disparities between Iranian men and women, a sociologist speaking on the condition of anonymity told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 2/6/16

Farhang Foundation Announces the Winners of the 2016 Nowruz Competitions

- Preparations for Farhang's 8th Annual Nowruz (the Iranian New Year) Celebrations at LACMA are underway as the Foundation selects the winning submissions from this year's Nowruz Multimedia Program and Nowruz Street Banner Competitions. - 2/3/16

How one messaging app is changing Iranian media

- First it was Facebook, and then the smartphone messaging apps Viber and Line. Now, however, the hottest communication tool among Iranians is Telegram. It has more advanced features than its predecessors, and enjoys a high level of influence in Iranian society. -Saeid Jafari, Al-Monitor - 2/3/16

Iranian Artists and Sculptors to prepare Tehran for Spring Equinox

- In preparation for the Persian New Year and the arrival of spring, the municipality of Tehran has organized a cultural event entitled "Baharestan" where artists and sculptors are invited to submit proposals for the installation of artwork throughout the city. - 2/2/16

The State of Digital In Iran

- I don't think anyone really understands the depth of digital upheaval Iran has experienced in the past few years. Social media and e-commerce consumption have both gone topsy-turvy in parallel to an overwhelming migration to smartphone devices. -Amir-Esmaeil Bozorgzadeh, TechCrunch - 1/31/16

Photos: Iran Through My Eyes

- The remote mountain village that lies in the Esfahan province really is astonishing. While walking through the small streets you feel as if you are walking 300 years back in time. The strangest thing is that you only see elderly on the streets, trying to sell dried fruits to tourists. When asked where the young people were, we were told that most of them are in foreign countries. -Farhang & Mursal, awesomeworldtrip - 1/25/16

Despite theologians' disapproval, more Iranians are discovering the joy of pets

- When Ehsan Kaveh was studying for his medical school exams in the Iranian capital, the stress was getting to both him and his wife, Rima, an IT specialist. But a family friend, a veterinarian, thought he had a solution - a snow-white Persian cat named Eli. -Ramin Mostaghim, Nabih Bulos, LA Times - 1/25/16

PHOTOS: The Kindness Station in Khorramabad provides cloths, food and books for the needy

- Walls of kindness have been popping up all over Iran in an attempt to keep the homeless warm this winter. These spontaneous outdoor charities are based on a simple principal: "If you don't need it, leave it. If you need it, take it." A group of philanthropists in the city of Khorramabad in western Iran have gone a step further and created a Kindness Station which is equipped with a refrigerator and library where in addition to cloths, donors can leave food and books for the needy or the homeless. -Farnaz Goudarzi - 1/12/16

Iran's blogfather: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are killing the web

- Hossein Derakhshan was imprisoned by the regime for his blogging. On his release, he found the internet stripped of its power to change the world and instead serving up a stream of pointless social trivia -Hossein Derakhshan, Guardian - 12/30/15

Birth rate rises 4.5% in Iran: Official

- An official at the National Organization for Civil Registration of Iran announced that the birth rate in the country has increased by 4.5 percent in the first nine months of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21-December 21) compared to the same period last year. - 12/28/15

12 Street Artists Transforming The Walls Of Iran

- "Graffiti is an absolute crime," street artist CK1, face obscured by a black-and-white geometric mask, explains in the trailer for "Mutiny of Colours." The documentary, still in progress and currently raising funds on IndieGogo, follows Iranian street artists spreading freedom, expression and love through visually striking and politically charged graphic imagery. -Priscilla Frank, Huffington Post - 12/24/15

The unconventional adventures of an Italian in Iran

- I've written about the glorious history of ancient Persia, the mesmerizing islamic art, kaleidoscopic mosques and Zoroastrian fire, romance and poetry Iranian style, my favorite dish and also my favorite cafes (well, not all of them), but let's face it, with already three Iran trips on my resume (and counting), could my expeditions be always serious and research-oriented? -Angela Corrrias - 12/21/15

Inside the studios of Iran's artists

- Italian photographer Matteo Lonardi headed to Tehran to learn about the country away from the news headlines and through its artists: We chose Iran as a place to look at through its artists. We felt that media's relationship to Iran had been based on stereotypes and one-dimensional portrayals. -Matteo Lonardi, Guardian - 12/20/15

YALDA and SADEH Celebrations

- Winter solstice that usually falls on December 21 has been celebrated by many human communities throughout the millennia. Some of the oldest civilizations, which have evolved between the Indus and the Ganji Rivers to the East, and Tigris, Euphrates and the Nile Rivers to the West where today's Iran falls in the center of this region, have commemorated the seasonal epochs. Iranians have, especially, revered and celebrated the winter solstice and spring vernal equinox as the semi-annual zeniths of the year. -avood Rahni & Behnam Ashjari - 12/19/15

Was this really how women dressed in IRAN before the revolution?

- Photos of models from the 1970s show plunging necklines and heavy make-up in a startling contrast with today's strict dress code -Daily Mail - 12/18/15

Iran's Sikhs get a better deal than many other minorities

- Every Iranian I meet on my trip is astonished to hear there's a Sikh temple, or "gurdwara," in Tehran. I wouldn't know of it myself but for Iranian-American author Hooman Majd's terrific book, The Ayatollah Begs to Differ, where the temple makes a cameo appearance in a juicy rumor about the antecedents of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini... but more about that later. -Quartz - 12/15/15

Satire show challenges Iranian TV culture

- In the absence of attractive and entertaining programs on Iranian TV, comedy show 'Khandevaneh' is gaining momentum and drawing public attention. Especially among the young. -Your Middle East - 12/8/15

Iranian FM hails Iraqis for successful Arbaeen ceremony hosting 26 million pilgrims

- After the secure and successful ceremony of Arbaeen walking and mourning rituals in Iraqi holy cities of Najaf and Karbala where 26 million pilgrims, according to Iraqi minister of transport, converged on Thursday, Iran's Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif issued a message of appreciation and congratulation. - 12/4/15

100 Women 2015: Iranian women's fight for freedom

- Iran is better known for its religious conservatism than its history of women's rights. But although it might not be obvious to outsiders, the feminist movement in the country has a rich and varied history. -Faranak Amidi, BBC - 12/4/15

Iraq: Iranian Pilgrims Stampede At Border

- Iraq has blamed Iran following a breach of the border by thousands of Iranian pilgrims who reportedly broke down fences and injured guards. The Iraqi Interior Ministry said the pilgrims who were traveling on foot to the city of Karbala to take part in Arbaeen religious rituals, overwhelmed security guards on November 29. - 12/1/15

Iran's Wrestling Federation slams cancellation of orchestra performance

- Rasoul Khadem, head of Iran's Wrestling Federation has called for an investigation into the cancellation of Tehran Symphonic Orchestra performance in the closing of World Wrestling Championships. - 12/1/15

So-called "divorce brokers" could face official legal backlash in Iran

- The head of the Tehran General and Revolutionary Courts, Abbas Pouriyani, has denounced what he refers to as "divorce brokers" and calls on police investigation of their activities. In an interview with the Shargh daily, Mohammadreza Alizadeh an Iranian lawyer explained that the so-called "divorce brokers are now charging between five million and 40 million toumans ($1.5K-13k dollars) to obtain a divorce for couples in the shortest period possible. - 11/21/15

Some two million Iranians will travel to Iraq to mark Arbaeen

- It is predicted that some two million Iranians to travel to Iraq to mark Arbaeen, Deputy Interior Minister for Security Affairs Hossein Zolfaqari said, Mehr reported on Wednesday. Arbaeen ritual marks the 40th day following the seventh-century martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the third Shia Imam and the grandson of Prophet Muhammad. - 11/19/15

Persian recipes from Mazi Mas: 'Saffron is good for depression!'

- Persian food is as rich in spice as it is in folklore and tradition. With an elegant touch, Zohreh Shahrabi's cooking shows that each ingredient has a purpose beyond flavour, says colleague Niki Kopcke Guardian - 11/13/15

Director Denies Blame For Alleged 'Insult' Of Ethnic Azeris On Iranian TV Show

- As Iranian authorities attempt to quell lingering anger among ethnic Azeris over an alleged insult against them on a popular children's television program, a key actor in the controversy is pleading his innocence. -Frud Bezhan, RFE/RL - 11/12/15

Persian cooking is a crossroads of exotic spices and fresh ingredients

- Four months after signing a historic nuclear accord with the U.S. and other western powers, Iran now has a seat at the world political table. Many details remain to be settled, though, and since negotiations generally go better over a shared meal, what better time for Iran's complex and unique culinary culture to get the spotlight? -Beth D'Addono, Daily News - 11/12/15

Azeris Hold Protests In Iran Over Racial Slur

- Aslur against ethnic Azeris on an Iranian children's television program has sparked a backlash that has spilled onto the streets. The popular children's program Fitilehha has been cancelled amid the controversy it caused when it aired an episode on November 6 depicting an ethnic Azeri brushing his teeth with a toilet brush. -Frud Bezhan, RFE - 11/10/15

Iran's Jewish Community Sees Signs of Hope as Country Opens to West

- Iran may be known for its controversial nuclear program and demonstrations featuring chants of "Death to Israel," but the country also is home to the largest Jewish community in the Middle East. For the first time in years, that ancient group now has reason to hope for a brighter future after many years of pressure under the Islamic Republic. -Ali Arouzi, NBC - 11/9/15

21st edition of the Exhibition of Press and News Agencies opens in Tehran

- The 21st edition of the Exhibition of Press and News Agencies, Iran's most significant media showcase, is playing host to representatives of some foreign media. Twenty-two representatives from several countries including Kuwait, Italy, Iraq, Turkey, Germany, Lebanon, Japan, France and China are attending the exhibit to introduce their national media - 11/8/15

See Iran Coming Out of the Shadows

- At the very moment that the Islamic Republic has made a deal on its nuclear program with the U.S. and other world powers, it has also struck a bargain with its own people: Leave politics entirely to us, and you'll be left alone to live your lives more or less as you wish. It's a trade-off most Iranians appear to be fine with for now, especially when other states in the region have descended into chaos following popular uprisings. -Karl Vick , TIME - 11/7/15

Filmmaker Mina Keshavarz Explores Economic Status of Rural Women in Iran

- In her latest documentary, "Will She Win the War?," Iranian filmmaker Mina Keshavarz challenges the status quo placed on today's Iranian women. Through the of story Roghieh documentary filmmaker Keshavarz shows the struggle for a young woman in southern Iran who is trying to secure jobs for women through a local community bazaar, as threats by a local politician grow. -Elahe Amani, WNN - 11/6/15

'Islamic feminism' and miniskirts: The veiled truth about women in Iran

- Historian Nina Ansary has uncovered the complex history of women's rights in Iran. She tells Radhika Sanghani how patriarchal politics are peversely paving the way for feminism in the country -Radhika Sanghani, Telegraph - 11/3/15

Fatemeh Azadeh: The first Iranian female pilot

- Fatemeh Azadeh, a 26-year old woman from Zahedan, the capital of Sistan and Baluchistan Province, is the first female pilot in Iran, ISNA reported. Azadeh criticizes the prevailing attitudes towards female pilots as many people do not trust them and do not board on a plane piloted by a woman. "Such attitudes should be reformed both in the air and on the earth," she said. - 11/2/15

Slaughterhouse review - an honest portrayal of Iran's drug problem

- A new Kurdish film showing a more transparent approach to the drugs epidemic in the Islamic Republic gets the green light from the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance -Guardian - 10/31/15

Inside the Zagros Mountains, the forgotten region of ​Iranian Kurdistan

- Set in the craggy Zagros range, separating the Islamic Republic from Iraq, Kirsten O'Regan travels to the part of the Kurdish region that manages to stay out of international headlines -Kirsten O'Regan, Guardian - 10/30/15

Things Iranians and Brits Have In Common

- Here in the UK, it seems that the mainstream media enjoys nothing more than reporting terrifying and inhuman stories of Iran. But when these news reports talk about 'Iran' what they actually mean is 'The Iranian Government'. And anyone with a smidge of common sense will know that a government and its people are in no way the same thing. Unfortunately this doesn't stop most of the world taking a negative view of Iran, and by default, Iranians. -Lois on the Loose - 10/27/15

Iranians Irked By Reports That Burger King Could Open In Iran

- Iranians were irked by reports that Burger King registered to open in Iran, with some bashing the news as a sign of America's creeping capitalism and others joking that "soon, Jack Daniels and Smirnoff will enter the market." -Gilad Shiloach, Vocativ - 10/26/15

Muharram Not Fashionable In Iran

- If you are celebrating the sacred month of Muharram in the Islamic republic, you best not make it a fashion statement. Amid reports that some hair salons and barbers have been advertising "special Muharram" styling to lure clients, warnings have been issued against the practice of shaving the words "Ya Hossein" into peoples' hair. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 10/22/15

Photos: Parvaz Homay musical group finally performs in Tehran

- The Parvaz Homay group, including Iranian singer and composer Saeed Jafarzadeh, finally performed a concert in Iran after eight years. ISNA reports that the group performed on the night of Tuesday October 5 at the Vahdat Concert Hall. - 10/8/15

Cautiously, Iranians Reclaim Public Spaces and Liberties Long Suppressed

- As the music ended and the crowd rose in a standing ovation, several women in the audience could be seen with heads bared, the obligatory head scarves draped around their necks. This was no underground concert by an indie band in North Tehran, though. Rather, it was a recital by a classical lute player in Vahdat Hall. -Thomas Erdbrink, NY Times - 10/6/15

Photos: German Artist Philipp Geist's "Gate Of Words" Light Up Tehran's Azadi Square

- German artist Philipp Geist's light installation entitled "Gate of Words" pours down colored words of love, peace and freedom on Tehran's Azadi Tower for three days from October 3 to 5. The shining words, in English, German and Persian, move with the live music on the walls of the tower, the German artist said during a press conference held at the tower last Wednesday. - 10/5/15

Why are Iranian husbands standing up for their wives?

- Husbands in Iran are taking pictures of themselves declaring their commitment to female equality - and thousands are sharing their messages on Facebook. -BBC - 10/2/15

IAAB's YAR Fellowship: An Exciting New Opportunity in Iran

- We're excited to share our new and improved itinerary for the YAR Fellowship, our newest groundbreaking program! YAR is a yearlong fellowship program that includes a three-week full-immersion course in Iran, to be held January 4th- 24th, 2016. YAR will bring together advanced undergraduates, recent college grads and graduate students, who will deepen their scholarly, professional and cultural understanding of Iran. - 9/29/15

Iranian actress, stage director Homa Rusta dies at 69

- Veteran Iranian actress and stage director Homa Rusta died at a hospital in Los Angeles on Saturday after a long battle with cancer. She was 69. She left the country months ago to receive further treatment in the United States, Persian Media reported on Sunday. - 9/28/15

NeekOn Celebrates Iranian & Persian Communities with Music, Dance, Art and More Tonight

- A dazzling array of artists, musicians, dancers, food stars and more from the Iranian/Persian and International communities will come together and bring their talents for an entertaining day located at two venues in Golden Gate Park: Outdoors at the Band Shell, and Indoors at the Koret Auditorium in the de Young Museum in San Francisco. -BWW - 9/26/15

Golriz Hashemi's Piano Recital at Leighton House Museum in London

- All the way from Iran "Golriz Hashemi "will be visiting London this autumn to perform her piano recital at the most beautful and unique venue "The Leighton House Museum". - 9/18/15

Local campaign for disabled Iranians spreads through social media

- The Blue Lids campaign, which was launched only two weeks ago in Sanandaj to collect plastic bottle lids as a fundraiser to provide wheelchairs to the disabled, has picked up momentum, with other cities joining the campaign even in other provinces. - 9/15/15

Humans of Iran

- In the summer of 2010, Brandon Stanton set out to take pictures of the Humans of New York. He posted his touching photographs of ordinary people to a blog, captioning them with quotes from his conversations with the subjects. The Humans of New York website and social media pages went viral. Stanton travelled to Iran in 2012 and again in 2015 where he continued to take pictures of strangers, conveying their hopes, dreams, disappointments, and stories. - 9/9/15

President Obama leaves touching comment on Humans of New York photo from Iran

- Humans of New York photographer Brandon Stanton is currently blogging in Iran. During his trip, Stanton met a father and son who were celebrating the boy's tenth birthday. The famed blogger posted an image on Thursday from the Iranian town of Tabriz. -Independent - 9/8/15

Jewels of Allah: The Untold Stories of Women In Iran

- I grew up in Iran with two very different grandmothers. As a young girl, I took at face value the fact that one of my grandmothers was a devout woman who never left her home without wearing a head scarf, and the other was a Western-educated progressive-minded woman who didn't think twice about swimming topless in the family pool. Yet both women were forces to be reckoned with and by no means subservient. -Nina Ansary, Huffington Post - 9/6/15

Disabled push for a better life in Iran

- "London has completely changed my life," says 31-year old Marjan Kalanaki, a post-graduate computer science student from Tehran who now lives in the UK. "Sometimes I can't believe how independent I have become and how easily I can get by on my own." -Camelia Sadeghzadeh, BBC - 9/5/15

Looking Back At The Shiraz Arts Festival

- There is something surreal about finding a piece of history in a room - specifically in a confined space on the first floor of London's Whitechapel Gallery next to the reading room. The exhibition is entitled: A Utopian Stage: Festival of Arts Shiraz-Persepolis. -Cyrus Kadivar - 9/4/15

Top Officials Visit Hospitalized Persian Music Maestro Mohammadreza Shahjarian

- Shajarian faced a performing ban in Iran following his criticism of the Iranian government for the events in the aftermath of the presidential election in 2009. In a presidential debate in 2013, Rouhani called Shahjarian "a cultural ambassador of Iran". In his campaign film, he also spoke about his deep interest in Shajarian's songs. However, Shahjarian has not yet been allowed to perform in his homeland under Rouhani. - 9/2/15

German Support For Barenboim Concert In Iran Draws Israeli Ire

- Star conductor Daniel Barenboim is hoping to take one of Germany's top orchestras to Iran to perform a concert there, the Berlin State Opera said August 27, drawing angry protests from Israel. Barenboim, 72, who is general music director of the German capital's flagship opera house, "is in talks with Iran about a possible concert in Tehran," the house said. - 8/28/15

Schools in Iran's Kurdistan province to promote Kurdish language

- The head of the Kurdistan board of education says the Kurdish language will be incorporated into middle school text books for the next academic year. ISNA reports that Rashid Gorbani told a press conference on Tuesday August 17 that one third of literature and language texts for middle school will be dedicated to Kurdish. - 8/23/15

How Iran's Jews Survive in Mullahs' World

- The first thing I noticed about Shahab Shahamifar as we strolled to synagogue on a Saturday morning in July was his yarmulke. It was a medium-size, black knitted one, and he was wearing it as we walked the busy streets of Tehran. Then I noticed that no one looked up. -Larry Cohler-Esses, Forward - 8/19/15

Photos: Sand storms in Sistan take a toll on daily life

- All government offices and businesses were closed due to the heavy sand storms in Sistan on Sunday August 9. The Mehr News Agency reports that on Sunday August 9, heavy winds raised the concentration of airborne dust particles to over 34 times the acceptable level. Meteorological reports say winds could reach 100 km/h today. - 8/11/15

An Iranian rapper speaks about hip-hop and its future in Iran

- "Our group was the first group that used what they call explicit language in Iranian music." So says Alireza Jazayeri, a rapper whose stage name is Alireza JJ, who originally gained fame as a member of a hip-hop group called Zedbazi, "Even before the revolution there was no explicit language or curse words in art. We were the first who actually brought it to mainstream, like they did in American hip-hop in the late 80s." -Moira Lavelle, PRI - 8/5/15

Living Trans, From Iran to New York City

- Up-and-coming actress Pooya Mohseni tells The Advocate what it took to come out as trans at 37, offering a riveting tale of survival that took her from Iran to New York City. -Advocate - 8/3/15

Hero Iranian firefighter laid to rest in Bandar Abbas

- People in the southern Iranian city of Bandar Abbas have honored a heroic firefighter who gave his life to rescue people trapped in a fire. Barekat Jowzari, 42, was buried Saturday amid emotional scenes in the port city's main cemetery, local sources said. - 8/1/15

Iran's Kurdistan University establishes first Kurdish literature program

- University of Kurdistan announced that in the coming year it is launching its first Kurdish language and literature program. The university reports that the program will start by accepting 40 students in September of 2015. - 7/26/15

IAAB's Camp Ayandeh Turns 10!

- Since 2006, Camp Ayandeh, through a positive and inclusive environment, has developed leadership skills and built a strong network of Iranian American students. The Summer Leadership Institute sponsored by the Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB) will celebrate the 10th annual Camp Ayandeh between July 18th to July 27th at Cabrini College outside of Philadelphia. - 7/22/15

What the Nuclear Deal Says about Iran's Politics and Society

- In the aftermath of the recent nuclear accord on Iran's nuclear program, it is important to understand correctly the Islamic Republic's motives for signing the deal with the United States (and the other P5+1 countries) and the factors that enabled the Iranian negotiators to reach an agreement. Without such an understanding, the United States will continue to make policy toward Iran on the basis of previous assumptions about the country. -Shireen T. Hunter - 7/16/15

What The Nuclear Deal Means For Iranians

- After feeling the pinch of economic sanctions for years, ordinary Iranians appear eager to soon see the benefits of this week's landmark nuclear deal. Many believe that more international cooperation will bring improved economic conditions, new business opportunities, and better ties with Western countries. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 7/15/15

Call for Submissions: 2016 Nowruz Banner Contest

- Farhang Foundation is calling on aspiring and veteran graphic artists to submit original designs that conceptualize Nowruz (the Iranian New Year) or some other aspect of Iranian culture. Eligible designs will be considered as the central artwork featured on street banners and other marketing material that will proudly promote Farhang's 8th Annual Nowruz Celebration at LACMA throughout prominent boulevards of Los Angeles in March 2016. - 7/13/15

Women now comprise one-third of homeless Iranians

- The Iranian president's advisor for Women and Family Affairs says one third of Iran's homeless are women. ILNA reports that according to Shahindokht Molaverdi, 5,000 of the 15,000 homeless in the country are women, adding that these statistics are documented and should not be interpreted as "blackwashing" the system. - 7/12/15

The Arts in Iran Are Defying Conservatism

- The arts and cultural activity in Iran today have greatly expanded from the time of the Revolution of 1978-79. Many aspects of the arts challenge conservative religious authorities, but they are flourishing nonetheless to the great appreciation of the Iranian public. -William O. Beeman, Huffington Post - 7/10/15

2015 Iranian Festival in Portland, Oregon

- Saturday, August 1, 2015, 11:00 AM -4:00 PM -- Andisheh's mission is to build a bridge among communities in Oregon and SW Washington by celebrating the Iranian-American heritage through arts and culture. - 7/8/15

Dastan Ensemble shuns Iran over concert cancellations

- To protest the cancellation of concerts in Iran, the Dastan Music Ensemble says it will no longer schedule any concerts in Iran. The Etemad daily reports that ensemble member Saeed Farajpouri said: "Although we were planning on holding a number of concerts in Iran in the coming year, in light of the recent problems with concerts, we decided that we will not hold concerts in Iran for the time being." - 6/29/15

A tribute to Iranian scholar Dr Chahryar Adle: 1944-2015

- It is with great regret that Iran Heritage Foundation notes the passing of Dr Chahryar Adle in Paris yesterday on 21st June 2015 at the early age of 71 years. He achieved international distinction for his work on the archaeology and art history of Iran and Afghanistan in the Islamic period, but he was far from being a reclusive scholar. - 6/23/15

Persian Classical Performance Live from Tehran Through Portals!

- Portals, a global public art initiative created by Shared Studios, has has created an innovative forum which individual Americans and Iranians have the chance to speak to one another as if in the same room. While the Portal is open in D.C. now through June 21, you are also invited to join Shared Studios for their first ever community event and fundraiser. This will be an evening performance of classical Persian music live from Tehran -NIAC - 6/19/15

Benevolent Matchmaker Or Intrusive Busybody? Iran Takes Marriage Drive Online

- Worried that Iranians are staying single too long, the authorities are backing a new matchmaking website meant to help more people get hitched. But some members of the target audience are treating the initiative with all the enthusiasm of a dubious blind date arranged by an overbearing relative. -Farangis Najibullah and Hossein Ghavimi, RFE - 6/18/15

Iran Launches Official Matchmaking Website

- Deputy Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Mahmud Golzari said in a ceremony launching the site, "We have high demand for marriage and 11 million bachelors who are increasing every day. This is a significant issue for the ruling system." - 6/16/15

Iran's Communications Minister lauds internet service growth under Rohani

- Iran's minister of communications says that since the new administration took the helm of the government in 2013, the number of Iranian internet users has gone from three million to six million. - 6/15/15
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